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NFDA LOBBYING ACTIVITY UPDATEBack

We would like to keep our members informed of the lobbying activity we are doing as your trade body and the issues we have been working on, and continue to work on, in the past months on your behalf.  Please see below a summary of the key activities.  If you have any specific issues you would like to raise please do get in touch.

 

Parliamentary Engagement Programme – Topics covered with MPs during site visits:

  • Electric Vehicles: development of the market, increase in adoption rates, charging infrastructure, second-hand market development
  • Industry skills shortage: including skilled technicians in CV market
  • Apprenticeship levy: costs and administrative burdens
  • Brexit
  • Debit card charges
  • Diesel
  • 10 site visits currently in the process of being arranged for 2018

Air Quality: Diesel

  • The Diesel Debate consumer leaflet: educating consumers on the truth about diesel and the most suitable cars for their journey time
  • A5 trade publication to help sales teams understand the myths and truths about diesel to educate consumers
  • Meeting with: Rachael Maskell MP – Shadow Minister for Transport about diesel and Government policy, regular briefings
  • Meeting with: Dr Thérèse Coffey MP – Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (portfolio – air quality) (Party Conf)
  • Meeting with: Tony Devenish AM (London Assembly) (Party Conf)
  • Meeting with: Jack Dromey MP – Motor APPG – follow up meeting TBC
  • Circulation of briefing notes to NFDA MPs
  • Diesel discussed at constituency site visits, followed up with briefings. A further 10 currently in process of being organised and diesel will be discussed
  • Autumn Budget Submission – explained problem with new VED system and counterproductive re: diesel
  • Budget Submission – inconsistency of diesel message from Gov departments raised – consumer confusion and detriment
  • Responded to:
  • DEFRA: Tackling nitrogen dioxide in our towns and cities: A consultation
  • JOINT COMMITTEE: Call for evidence from Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Environmental Audit, Health, and Transport Committees on Air Quality
  • JOINT CONSULATATION: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Department for Transport on Additional Measures to support individuals and businesses affected by local NO2 plans consultation.
  • A lot of Government comments on diesel have been in regards to diesel scrappage, NFDA has asked for member comments (limited response) and put this position forward in press releases and consultation/call for evidence responses.

Electric Vehicles

  • NFDA responses to BEIS Select Committee calls for evidence on development of the electric vehicle market
  • Evidence published on BEIS Committee website
  • NFDA requested to provide oral evidence
  • Following oral evidence, contact made with site visit MPs: James Frith, Nicky Morgan, Chris Heaton-Harris, Sir Vince Cable, Nick Boles, Iain Stewart
  • Following contact, James Frith MP will table parliamentary questions following NFDA draft of question.
  • NFDA CAS Perceptions of EVs also sent to Committee organiser, following oral evidence and MP interest lay with consumer interest.
  • Council EV adoption guidance document – in process
  • Meeting with Peter Dowd MP, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury about air quality and electric vehicle funding, diesel also discussed but MPs focus was EVs (Gov cannot put pressure to replace diesel and not provide EV infrastructure funding)
    • Follow up letter sent, following meeting
  • Responded to: ADDITIONAL MEASURES TO SUPPORT INDIVIDUALS AND BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY LOCAL NO2 PLANS

Clean Air Zones

  • Response to consultation paper on design of CAZs – NFDA position adopted – this less detrimental to NFDA members
  • Consumer advice sheets on myth busting on CAZs etc

MOT 3.11 vs 4.11

  • Response to consultation
  • Position summarised and put forward in NFDA Budget submissions
  • Press campaign emphasised lobbying
  • NFDA pushed safety position and additional costs to consumers from delaying the first MOT by an additional year

Brexit

  • NFDA – icdp Life after Brexit report – sent to all new and returning MPs with NFDA member/s in their constituency, following general election
  • NFDA Brexit dinner in House of Commons
  • Responses to:
  • NFDA Commercial Vehicle response to the Migration Advisory Committee’s Call for Evidence: EEA-workers in the UK labour market
  • NFDA response to BREXIT: FUTURE TRADE BETWEEN THE UK AND THE EU
  • Parliamentary Select Committee Consultation on Brexit for the Automotive Sector – NFDA Preliminary Response
  • NFDA briefing note on Brexit – discussed at Party Conferences
  • Meetings with DExEU
  • Discussions with MPs at constituency site visits – skills shortage and access to technicians key in lobbying message and open, free flowing trade
  • NFDA discussing with MPs importance of recognising automotive retail as well as manufacturing.
  • NFDA to write to Brexit Select Committee following Government and Lords reports which have focused on manufacturing.

Mileage Fraud

  • Open letter to DfT drafted, this is to be altered to be sent directly to DfT and not published in newspaper. Following submission to DfT, this to be publicised and signed by industry stakeholders
  • NFDA responded to consultation paper with mileage fraud included
  • Lord Rosser submitted parliamentary question on behalf of NFDA following consultation outcome, asking when further action would be taken
  • Lord Rosser to provide statement for press release on mileage fraud letter

FCA

  • NFDA re-establishing relationship with FCA as a point of contact on motor industry, rather than FCA relying on FLA

Delegated Testing – NFDA CV

  • Discussed at MP site visits during Brian Currie visits
  • Letter and ongoing discussions with DfT
  • Briefing note provided to MPs

Debit Cards – interchange fee regulation

  • Letters to HMT
  • Follow up meetings with HMT
  • Discussed with Nicky Morgan MP at site visit and follow up letter sent (Chair of Treasury Committee)
  • Asked UK Government to push for review before Commission scheduled review
  • NFDA to contact pro Brexit MP to push for this to be changed as soon as UK leaves EU.

 

Posted by Sue Robinson on 16/03/2018